Changes to NT State Nomination Criteria from 1 July 2020

1 July 2020 is the start of a new financial year. This is also the date when the Australian Department of Home Affairs as well as state Government introduce new immigration laws and regulations. We have summarised the changes to come for the Northern Territory in regards to the state nomination criteria.

General information:

  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently living interstate, you will not be eligible for the Northern Territory (NT) nomination
  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently on a student visa and are currently studying in an NT institution, you will not be eligible for NT nomination
  • if you have already been nominated for a subclass 489 or 491 visa by the NT, you will not be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination.

International student graduates who have studied in the NT will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you have:

  • successfully completed one or more qualifications after studying in the NT, at an NT-based institution for two years in a single tertiary course or a set of nested tertiary courses, and
  • lived in the NT for a period of at least six continuous months immediately after the date of completion* of your last qualification, while holding a visa that allows full-time work (this requirement does not apply to students who completed all course requirements in semester one 2020 and produce a letter of completion dated prior to 1 August 2020), and
  • demonstrated genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment** from an NT employer in your nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

International student graduates who are unable to live in the NT for six months after completing two years of study in the NT will only be considered for a subclass 491 nomination. You must provide evidence of making genuine efforts to obtain employment from an NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

NT Residents

An NT resident applicant includes those on temporary visas with work rights, currently residing in the NT. NT resident applicants will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you:

  • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to application
  • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
  • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation continuously for at least two years immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

NT resident applicants will be considered for a subclass 491 nomination if you meet the following requirements:

  • applicants who started living in the NT prior to 1 July 2020, must:
    • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to application
    • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
    • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.
  • applicants who start living in the NT on or after 1 July 2020, must:
    • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least 12 consecutive months
    • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
    • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate that the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

The employment must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • the position must be based in the NT, and the employer must have a record of trading in the NT for at least 12 months
  • positions that are based at serviced office spaces or involve hot-desking arrangements will generally not be considered favourably
  • you must be paid at market salary.

Applicants who have not been employed in an eligible occupation will generally not qualify for NT nomination.

Applicants who have been employed on a full-time basis for at least six consecutive months in an occupation that is not an eligible occupation may qualify for a subclass 491 nomination on an exceptional and case by case basis if you are able to demonstrate the following:

  • the employer has made genuine efforts to recruit locally and the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident – at a minimum, evidence should include copies of advertisements placed, and a statement from the employer detailing the number of applicants and reasons as to why no Australian citizens or permanent residents have not been recruited
  • there is a genuine need for the position in the business – at a minimum, evidence should include a detailed statement from the employer explaining the need for the position and how the vacancy arose
  • you have made genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your nominated occupation or a related occupation in the NT – at a minimum, evidence must include copies / screenshots of applications made for relevant jobs and any feedback received.

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  1. Eldhose Varghese on June 24, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Dear Northern Immigration Australia,
    Thanks for this summary and all the amazing work you do!
    I am Registered Nurse waiting for AHPRA Registration. I’m planning to apply for Permanent Residency in the Northern Territory. Can you please help me?

    • Northern Immigration Australia on June 25, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      Dear Eldhose,
      Thanks for your kind words.
      Nurses and medical professionals are in high demand in Australia. We would love to assist you with your PR Visa! Please make an appointment for a consultation so we can establish and advise about the right strategy for you!
      We look forward to assisting you with your Permanent Visa in Australia!

  2. Abdul Qadus on June 24, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Dear Northern Immigration Australia,

    I have lodged my case in Jan 2020. I’m an offshore applicant. Will they eliminate my application???

  3. walli engelschalk on June 24, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Liebes Northern Immigration Australia Team,

    Kann ich bitte dieses Programm in DEUTSCH geschrieben haben?

    Bin schon 80 Jahre u. möchte nochmal einen längeren Urlaub in West – Australien machen.

    Ist das bald möglich???

    Danke für eine Antwort!!!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on June 25, 2020 at 6:51 pm

      Dear Walli,
      Thanks for your comment. We suggest to use Google Translate for the German translation of the text.
      Please contact us, should you require assistance with your Australian visa!
      Speak soon.

  4. Owen Chipiro on June 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia!
    How can I be part of this? I need to migrate. I am aged 31 and based in South Africa.
    Thanks for your help!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on June 25, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      Dear Owen,
      Thanks for your enquiry! The 1st step is to book an assessment so we can find out what visas you are eligible for. There are over 100 different visa types in the Australian immigration system!
      You can book your appointment for an online consultation here
      We look forward to assisting you to start a new life in Australia!

    • Jawwad on July 20, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Northern Immigration Australia!
      After expiring of TR 485 Visa I will get a student visa again. Can I lodge 491 EOI to NT Government? Are we allow to do that on a student visa? Please help!

      • Northern Immigration Australia on July 20, 2020 at 1:52 pm

        Dear Jawwad,
        Thanks for your enquriy. We are happy to help! Please book a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents here
        Speak soon!

  5. Shahriyar on June 27, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Dear Northern Immigration Australia,
    Thank you for the great information! Can I ask a question? What is the possibilities of get PR in Business Study? I mean if I take a bachelor of business degree from Charles Darwin University then is NT government will allow me to get Permanent Residency?

    • Northern Immigration Australia on June 28, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Dear Shahriyar,
      Thanks for your comment. With regards to your question, studying a Bachelor of Business is a great course to pursue a pathway to PR. However, it all depends what kind of occupation your are envisaging to nominate for your visa application and that it’s aligning with your subject selection.
      Please contact us for more advice and guidance! We are Education Agents as well as Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers. Book your consultation here

  6. Harman on August 7, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Dear NIA,

    Please advise for NT 190 you mentioned that we need to demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation continuously for at least 2 years immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

    Does it mean that I need to have 2 years work experience with 1 year future Job contract. Please explain this criteria as I couldn’t find anything on NT website.

    Thanks
    Harman

    • Northern Immigration Australia on August 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Dear Harman,
      Yes that is correct. Please contact us, if you want your visa eligibility assessed and requirements explained!

    • Lax on August 25, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Dear NIA
      My wife has lived and doing AIN in nursing home as a full-time worker over than 6 months so is it possible to apply for 491 Visa or is there any other options so that she can applied? Employer also ready to provide any other related DOCUMENTS required .
      Can you please suggest which option is better for her ?
      Thanks
      LAX

      • Northern Immigration Australia on August 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm

        Dear Lax,
        Yes sure, we are happy to look into your wife’s case and provide you with advice about what visa options she have, including 491 Visa. Please book a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents here
        We can speak with you via phone, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom.

  7. Sadu on August 30, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    I completed my masters in accounting in Queensland and I already got my skill assessment done from IPA. I’ve been living in NT for 6 months and recently I got a full time admin job after applying many jobs. In addition, I was able to get the membership from CPA. I have my 485 visa for another 1 year and I need to know if Im eligible for 491 visa after doing my admin job for 6 months? Thank you and highly appreciate your advice.

    • Northern Immigration Australia on August 31, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Dear Sadu,
      Thanks for your enquiry! We are happy to provide you with advice and assistance with your 491 Visa. Please book a consultation with one of our registered Migration Agents here
      We look forward to speaking with you soon!

  8. Marcela on September 16, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Dear NIA
    I am a TESOL, and my profession qualifies for 190 visa. According to the points calculator I may have 80-85 points. I’m interested in migrating to the Northern Territory. I already started gathering documents to submit my EOI
    My question is, are you nominating offshore applicants? If no, when do you expect nominations will open? Should I submit my EOI when it’s ready or is it better to wait?
    Thank you very much! I’m willing to schedule a meeting if needed.

    • Northern Immigration Australia on September 16, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Marcela,
      Thanks for your enquiry. The Skilled Visa Program is currently closed however, likely to re-open in October. We recommend to prepare the application so it’s ready for lodgement as soon as the program opens.
      You can book your meeting here to get more details
      We look forward to assisting you!

  9. Vivian Lee on September 28, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia!

    Can a person who is living in Hong Kong apply for NT 491 nomination now?
    He is under 45 years old, has the skilled assessment successful in one of the occupations listed in your website.
    If he can apply now, please tell me what he needs to do.

    Thank you.
    Vivian

    • Northern Immigration Australia on September 28, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Dear Vivian,

      Thanks for your enquiry. So we can provide you with accurate advice, we need more information abut the person in Hong Kong.
      Please book a consultation here so we can assist you!

  10. Laura Cuevas on October 8, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    My partner and I have been working in Borroloola since January, in a busy road house by cooking and attendance tourist and local people from this aboriginal area. We are really happy with the experience, therefore is our intention to continue working here and try to apply for the Permanent Residence. Is that possible? Which steps must we follow to get it?

    We will really appreciate your information.
    Regards.

    • Northern Immigration Australia on October 9, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your enquiry. We would be happy to provide you and your partner with advice and assistance to help with your visa & immigration, including Permanent Residency. The 1st step is to book a consultation online here – you can choose between phone, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom. We look forward to assisting you!

  11. Krunal Patel on October 10, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    My field is IT and currently I am living in Darwin. I am trying my best to get a job in IT however I haven’t got yet a job in my field. Currently, I am working for Woolworth Caltex and doing NT volunteering work as well. So with the proof of my job applications in IT and my full-time Woolworths job: am I eligible for 491 NT nomination? Please suggest to me. I really appreciate your help. Thank you!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on October 12, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Dear Krunal,
      Thanks for your enquiry. In order to help you, we need more information from you. For example, what course did you study, what’s your occupation in IT, what is your current visa and when does it expire, etc. Please book a consultation here so one of our Registered Migration Agents can assist you!

  12. Sebi on October 17, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    Thank you for providing such an informative summary relating to changes in nomination criteria.

    Actually, me and my husband, we are planning to move to the Northern Territory in order to apply for the 491 Visa. But the thing is our current visa expired in September 2020 so, if we move now will we be eligible for nomination or not?

    • Northern Immigration Australia on October 17, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Sebi,
      Thanks for your enquiry. Is it correct that you currently don’t hold a valid visa but you and your husband are still in Australia? Please contact us urgently so we can assist you changing your current status to lawful non-citizens. This is a requirement before you can do anything else. Speak soon!

      • Tharanga on May 4, 2021 at 8:12 pm

        Hi Northern Immigration Australia,
        I’m currently live in Melbourne, Victoria and studying master of business information systems.
        After completed my studies I’m planning to migrate NT for studying 2 years Master degree again.
        I’m married and is it necessary to stay my husband with me in NT during my studies? Can he live in Melbourne and migrate after my studies completed? Will it affect to 190 visa requirements?
        Thank you!

        • Northern Immigration Australia on May 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

          Dear Tharanga,

          Thanks for your enquiry. Yes of course, we are able to provide you with advice and assistance. Please book a consultation here.

          Speak soon!

  13. Swetha on October 24, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,
    I already applied for my student visa in VET sector in Darwin in May. Because of border restrictions I didn’t move to Darwin. I am in Victoria at the moment and am taking online classes.
    Once the restrictions lifted I will move to Darwin, but my query is after 2 years, do they accept my application for 491 as am not living in NT for two years?

    • Northern Immigration Australia on October 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Swetha,

      Thanks for your enquiry. We hope you are well.
      We would love to provide you with advice and assistance regarding your 491 queries. Please book your consultation appointment here
      We can speak with you via phone, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom.

  14. Alireza on November 4, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,
    I’m offshore and I’ve applied for the NT skill worker visa 491 on 22nd of March 2020 (2 days before closing date of NT skill worker visa) and I’m still waiting for their response to my application yet.
    I have submitted my application for Civil Engineer position, I found about 15 job advertisements relating to my skills and just 1 job feedback from NT employers. I also wrote a detailed commitment statement to prove that I’m really a skilled person to work there, because I’ve worked in oil and gas and construction industry which is common in NT job market, especially gas industry.
    I have about 4 years experience in oil and gas industry with high level of skills.
    I’m married with 85 points, and my wife has skill assessment in Network and System Engineer too with IELTS 6.

    So, with regards to above explanations, will I get the invitation from NT government?
    I’ve tried many times to find a suitable job and I explained my skills for each job ad. So far I’ve had no luck. I need your help!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on November 4, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Dear Alizera,

      Thanks for sharing your enquiry with us. We would love to help you and your wife to migrate to Australia and Northern Territory in particular.
      Please book a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents so we can assist you!

      • Alireza on November 4, 2020 at 10:10 pm

        Great, thank you! I will book a consultation!! Can we use Zoom video call, please? I am overseas.

        • Northern Immigration Australia on November 9, 2020 at 8:10 am

          Yes sure, we can use Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype! Speak soon.

          • Alireza on November 13, 2020 at 6:45 pm

            Thank you so much! I just had my consultation. Great advice, I now know what to do to achieve Permanent Residency in Australia! Highly recommend your services, you are the best Migration Agents!! Thanks again.



          • Northern Immigration Australia on November 16, 2020 at 7:51 am

            Thanks for your kind words. You are very welcome! We are looking forward to working with you and securing your future in Australia!



  15. ANJANA CHHETRI ADHIKARI on November 24, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,
    I am currently living in Darwin under 485 visa for over 9 months. I have tried hard to get job in my related field but not successful so far, even though has done 3 month internship course. However I got offer from age care sector. So if I will continue work with them for 6 more months, can I apply NT nomination? Please advice me. Thank you!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on November 24, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Dear Anjana,
      That’s great you got a job offer in aged care! There are visa opportunities for migrants working in this industry.
      Best you book a consultation with one of our Migration Agents so we can assess your circumstances and provide you with advice & assistance. Book your appointment here

  16. Pushkar on November 30, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Hello Northern Immigration Australia,

    I’m about to complete my certificate IV in commercial cookery in Queensland and planning to move to the Northern Territory for further study. My question is if I study 2 hospitality course in 1 year, then will I be eligible for 190 state nomination by NT? Thank you!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on November 30, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Dear Pushkar,

      Thanks for your enquiry. We strongly recommend for you to book a consultation as soon as possible. There are changes proposed to hospitality occupations and we would like to provide you with advice so you can still pursue a pathway to Permanent Residency, including 190 Visa. Book your appointment here We can speak with you via phone, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom.

  17. Dan on February 9, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Good day Northern Immigration Australia!

    As we speaking did the Skilled Visa Program reopen?
    Thanks!

  18. Shrijan Bhitrikoti on February 27, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Hi NIA,
    I am currently studying bachelor of business ( major in accounting and information system) at CIM, Sydney. I am planning to transfer to CIM, Darwin and complete remaining 2 years (16 units) at CIM, Darwin. Is this a good option? Will I be eligible to apply for 190 visa after the completion of remaining 2 academic years at Darwin? How many points is needed for 190 visa for my field?
    Thanks!

    • Northern Immigration Australia on March 9, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Dear Shrijan,

      Thanks for your enquiry. We can help you!
      Please book a consultation here so we can answer your questions and assess your eligibility for 190 Visa.
      Speak soon!

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